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Believe! A Night of Hope Benefit Concert Supports Children’s of Alabama

BIRMINGHAM (Nov. 14, 2018) – Grammy Award winners Yolanda Adams and Dr. Henry Panion III & Orchestra will perform at the historic Lyric Theatre (1800 3rd Avenue North) on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.

The one-night-only Believe! A Night of Hope concert featuring the Gospel music legend benefits ill and injured children treated at Children's of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) is the presenting sponsor.

Sponsorship packages are priced from $1,500 to $10,000 and include VIP seating at the concert and a meet and greet at the Lyric immediately after the performance.

A limited number of individual general admission tickets ranging from $55 to $65 and single VIP tickets priced at $100 are available through Ticketmaster.

For sponsorship opportunities or ticket information, contact Andrea Martin at 205-638-9017 or

After 12 albums, five Grammys and performing for several U. S. presidents, Yolanda Adams still wows audiences the world over. Adams is renowned for pioneering the blend of modern gospel music with soul and jazz. For decades, she has empowered fans through her inspirational and contemporary music.

Adams has been hailed as the most versatile contemporary gospel singer since Aretha Franklin. Her brilliant albums have earned her multiple awards from music’s highest honors such as the Stellars, Grammys, BMI Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards and more. In addition to being a gospel superstar, she has reigned on radio airwaves for more than 10 years as the host of her own show, “The Yolanda Adams Morning Show,” which is heard in over 60 markets nationally.

Her natural love for community initiatives and the well-being of youth is just as captivating as her singing. She served as a spokesperson for the FILA Corporation’s Operation Rebound program, which addressed the concerns of inner city schoolchildren. In 2016, former President Barack Obama presented Adams with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service with the Corporation for National Community Service. While she is grateful for her success, Adams’s greatest achievement comes from being a mother and great example to her daughter.

Grammy Award winner Dr. Henry Panion III is a noted composer, arranger, conductor, educator and professor in the Department of Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Panion has produced, arranged and conducted for a number of artists, including Stevie Wonder, The Winans, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard, Chet Atkins, Ellis Marsalis Jr. with the SuperJazz Big Band, Chaka Khan, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and the Blind Boys of Alabama. He founded the UAB Recording Studio, where award-winning recordings by the UAB Gospel Choir and UAB Jazz Ensemble were produced.

Adams and Panion will be joined by guest soloist Marissa Luna. A student of Amy Murphy Studios and the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Marissa Luna recently signed with Jan Smith Studios. As Miss Tennessee Valley's Outstanding Teen, Marissa advocates for Children's Miracle Network, which benefits Children's Hospitals. Through her collaboration with artist Marcus Fetch, she has raised over $5,000 for the program.

About Children’s of Alabama
Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at

About Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI)
The Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant (Mercedes-Benz U.S. International - MBUSI) was the first major automaker to open a passenger car facility in Alabama. MBUSI is the production location for the GLE-, GLS- and GLE Coupe SUVs, as well as the C-Class sedan for North America. The plant currently employs more than 3,700 Team Members and is responsible for more than 22,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region. Mercedes-Benz Cars recently announced plans to invest another $1 billion in the construction of a battery factory and expansion of its logistics operations into Bibb County and for the production of electric vehicles by the beginning of the next decade. To date, Mercedes-Benz has made in excess of $6 billion capital investment in the Tuscaloosa operations and more than 3 million vehicles have rolled off the plant's line for customers around the world.